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Do you redeem coupons? Years ago, all coupons were printed, usually in magazines and papers. You had to clip them and present them at the merchant. Some still are redeemed in this way. But many coupons can be found online or texted to you or delivered through an app. It certainly makes redeeming them easier!
Over the years, we’ve redeemed coupons for many different things – food items, health and beauty products, even a free appetizer at a restaurant.
Because of coupons, we have an upside-down view of the word redeem. For us, it means getting an offered discount. In the bible, the word means paying the full price. When Jesus redeemed us, he paid the full price for our disobedience. The word was also use for paying the price to free a slave. That’s why it is so meaningful to describe Jesus’ action. He paid the price to free us.
Keep this in mind when you hear the King James Version of Ephesians 5:15-16, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
What does “redeeming the time” mean? Buying it up, paying the price, freeing it. It can also be translated, “make the most of the season.” If we are to live wisely, we can’t waste time. We must make the most of the time we have. We must free it up to do what matters, which is following Jesus.
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